THE EVERGREEN: A NEW SEASON IN THE NORTH by Various Artists

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THE EVERGREEN: A NEW SEASON IN THE NORTH by Various Artists

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Published by The Word Bank

22cm x 16cm, 160 pages, colour offset printing throughout, perfect bound, embossed and foiled hardcover, 2014

‘The Evergreen: A New Season in the North’ is a new anthology of writing and visual art that encourages readers to look afresh at their own environment and their place in it. Inspired by the
Evergreen anthologies of Allan Ramsay and Patrick Geddes, which stimulated a civic and cultural revival within Edinburgh and beyond, it shares the belief that an appreciation of place is essential to sustainable and convivial living today. This new Evergreen is centred on Edinburgh but looks through the same eyes at wider places. Appropriately, it starts with the wonderful, sweeping, swirling views of Edinburgh’s Old Town by painter Kate Downie, before taking in the peculiar point of view of Patrick Geddes’s Cat which sits atop Ramsay Gardens, presented by historian
Robert Morris. History informs The Evergreen: Richard Rodger links David Hume to a brief history of space in the city (green and otherwise), Stuart Kelly looks at the relevance of the monumental Walter Scott in the anniversary year of Waverley, and James Robertson reminds us to listen to three old and beautiful voices.

This issue abounds with poetry on themes rich and various: spring, tourism, freedom, geography, art and music, Robert Fergusson, Paul Klee, Edinburgh places, and places far from Edinburgh – Los Angeles, comets and the stars. The poets are: Benjamin Morris, Nancy Somerville, Andrew McDougall, John McGlade, Ian McDonough, Marcas Mac an Tuairneir, Peter Kravitz, Owen O’Neill, David Herd, Jock Stein, Mike Saunders, Alan Gillis, Mario Relich, Christine De Luca, Samantha Walton. In prose Leila Aboulela, Morelle Smith, Dominic Cooper and David Tomassini supply perspectives from other places: Aberdeen, the West Highlands, France and Venice – and Todd McEwen discovers that coffee is eating away the foundations of our cultural institutions! The visual is essential to The Evergreen: Robin Gillanders offers five fine portraits of people whose life and work are at the heart of the community, and John Reiach shows us just how close to nature we are. Finally, Richie McCaffrey and Elizabeth Elliott round out the issue by invoking Patrick Geddes again, his contributions to the intellectual renascence of Edinburgh as well as to the daily life of the city.

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